Wallace Becomes Youngest Pole Winner
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on May 31, 2013 | 11:30 A.M. EST
Wallace is 19 years, 7 months, 23 days. He beat Cole Whitt, by less than a month. Whitt was 19 years, 8 months, 18 days when he won the pole in 2011 at Darlington. (Photo: Getty Images)
DOVER, Del. - Darrell Wallace Jr. won the pole for today’s Lucas Oil 200 Camping World Truck Series race, becoming the youngest pole winner in series history.
Wallace is 19 years, 7 months, 23 days. He beat Cole Whitt, by less than a month. Whitt was 19 years, 8 months, 18 days when he won the pole in 2011 at Darlington.
“That’s really cool,’’ Wallace said of the record after his lap of156.617 mph. “Chase (Elliott) had me scared there for a second. His second lap was pretty quick, but our lap was a little bit better. That kept us on top and to carry that record means a lot.”
Chase Elliott, who is 17 years old, starts second. Elliott qualified at 155.440 mph, more than 1 mph slower than Wallace.
Jeb Burton, who is 20 years old, starts third with 19-year-old Ryan Blaney fourth and Kyle Busch fifth.
Ty Dillon starts sixth with points leader Matt Crafton seventh. German Quiroga qualified eighth and was followed by Max Gresham and Johnny Sauter.
Wallace said he’ll take his lesson from his pole-winning effort last year in the Nationwide race at Dover into today’s Truck event.
“I learned my lesson in the Nationwide race last year,’’ Wallace said. “Started on the pole, and I was way too free at the beginning and lost a lot of track position. Just fought for the rest of the race trying to get that back and ended up 12th. I think we have us a good Toyota Tundra for this race. Track position is key everywhere, pretty much, so if we can get up front and kind of settle in and just run a smooth race, we’ll be alright for the rest of the race.”
Motor Racing Network - "The Voice of NASCAR" - will have live coverage of the Lucas Oil 200 Camping World Truck Series race from Dover International Speedway on Friday beginning at 4:30 p.m. (ET), with live streaming at MotorRacingNetwork.com.